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"Hebrew and Beyond: Language as a Window into the History of Israel"

Liora Halperin, University of Colorado, Boulder

Halperin Halperin
West Bloomfield Lecture Series: Israel in the World

Liora Halperin will discuss the ongoing connection between language and politics in pre-1948 British Palestine and in the State of Israel. From the Hebrew University’s choice to break from longstanding policy and formally allow dissertations to be submitted in English, to the politics of Arabic as a minority language and the growth of the Russian speaking population in Israel, concerns about language diversity in Israel persist today. Talking about those concerns in light of historical trends and insights is a way of talking about political divisions and cultural concerns in present-day Israel.

Liora R. Halperin is an Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies, and the holder of an endowed professorship in Israel/Palestine Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. In 2016-2017 she is a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Her first book, Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine 1920-1948 was published by Yale University Press in 2015 and won the Shapiro prize for best book in Israel Studies from the Association for Israel Studies. She teaches courses in Jewish history, the history of Israel/Palestine, and the history of modern Jewish/Muslim relations. While at the Frankel Institute she is working on a book about early Jewish agricultural colonies in late 19th-century Palestine and the contested image of these communities and their iconic personalities in 20th century Palestine and Israel.

Image courtesy of Tel Aviv Municipal Archive

Sponsored by: Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies and JCC's Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment
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When and Where

6600 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322

February 2017

7:00pm - 8:30pm

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